Dierks Bentley isn’t sugarcoating his feelings about Valentine’s Day. Speaking “truth and honesty” on behalf of the guys – and some of the girls too – he calls the holiday a “difficult day.” Whether single or attached, Dierks has some strong opinions on what a good Valentine’s Day looks like.
“When you’re single, it’s stressful for like a month leading up to it, and inevitably, you do something wrong,” he said. “You don’t get the wrong thing or you say too much, and she’s wanting to get engaged faster than you want to get engaged. I don’t know. It’s just a very stressful holiday. I’m at a time in my life where I got a five-year-old, a three-year-old and a zero-year-old, and we’re just really trying to survive on a day-to-day basis.”
As far as Dierks is concerned, he and wife Cassady should get a break on celebrating the holiday. “We get about four hours of sleep, and we’re literally in survival mode,” he said. “I think there should be a hall pass for guys in that phase of their life. It doesn’t take much at this stage for us to get excited. A dinner alone is heaven. I mean, if we can just have a dinner and a glass of wine, that’s awesome.”
It turns out that Dierks doesn’t consider himself the most romantic of guys. The most romantic thing he’s ever done was surprise Cassady with an engagement ring almost a decade ago and whisk her off to Mexico to elope. After that, he’s fallen off in the grand gestures department.
“I peaked early,” he said. Now we’re in our eighth year. I need to find something special to do, but we keep having kids. It’s like, we can’t be away from them. We’re gonna find a week when they’re all in school and everything is set and we’ve got somebody. We have no family in town. We just have some folks that we really count on. When we get everyone locked in place, we’re gonna go somewhere for like two days and get away and have like a two-day, 48-hour party.”
Dierks will release his new album, Riser, on February 25. His Riser Tour kicks off later this spring.